Words (A Poem)

Sunday night post, had to do it! When inspiration strikes we go with it.

My wife had this poem come to her spontaneously and when she read it to me I immediately knew we had to do something with it. So I put together a little sound collage of field recordings, some light talking and oud improvisation, and had her read over it.

I think it’s powerful.

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First show for 2015 with Classic LA Punk Band The Flesh Eaters

Here’s an updated post with footage from the show and more photos. This was a historic performance by LA legends The Flesh Eaters at Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and we were honored to be a part of it!

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(recommended listening while you read this: HERE!)10410591_629062167199946_5926891480950860210_nI recently came across a post featuring a classic LA Punk comp with The Germs, X, The Weirdos and the usual and yet again I was reminded of how criminally overlooked The Flesh Eaters are in any mention of LA Punk and it’s early contributors. Especially as the early members include half of X and members of the Blasters.

I’m totally biased because I played in a version of this band in the 90’s, we did a bunch of shows and recorded an album that was released in 1999 called ‘Ashes of Time’.

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I won’t go into the history of the band so much, I’ll include a few links at the bottom that cover that stuff so you can read up and hopefully discover an artist that has been around for some time but is often overlooked.

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First show for 2015 with Classic LA Punk Band The Flesh Eaters

(recommended listening while you read this: HERE!)10410591_629062167199946_5926891480950860210_nI recently came across a post featuring a classic LA Punk comp with The Germs, X, The Weirdos and the usual and yet again I was reminded of how criminally overlooked The Flesh Eaters are in any mention of LA Punk and it’s early contributors. Especially as the early members include half of X and members of the Blasters.

I’m totally biased because I played in a version of this band in the 90’s, we did a bunch of shows and recorded an album that was released in 1999 called ‘Ashes of Time’.

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FLESH EATERS PROMO CIRCA 20001914093_103080199703155_355460_n

I won’t go into the history of the band so much, I’ll include a few links at the bottom that cover that stuff so you can read up and hopefully discover an artist that has been around for some time but is often overlooked.

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Chris D. and Jeff at Chris’s City Lights book reading awhile back.

LINKS

SF Weekly (1.8.15)

LA Beat Interview

Dangerous Minds

WaxCrackle!Pop! on Radio Valencia (radio interview with Chris D.)

Off Ramp Article

The Examiner 


More!

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Superior Viaduct re-issued this classic album ‘A Minute to Pray a Second to Die’ and even more exciting, Chris D. has gathered the original members who made this classic recording that was released originally in 1981 to do a handful of shows here on the West Coast!

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Even more exciting than that, my band Andalusia Rose is the sole supporting act for their San Francisco appearance at Great American Music Hall this Friday !!!

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What a great way to start 2015!

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 POST SHOW UPDATE

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John Doe/Jeff Vengeance/Bill Bateman backstage at GAMH

The show went great as to be expected at such a top notch venue. I arrived for load in to hear The Flesh Eaters soundchecking a song I co-wrote with Chris D. and Divine Horseman bassist Robyn Jameson for Ashes of Time called ‘House Amid The Thickets’ and it was surreal watching Grammy nominated guitarist Dave Alvin of The Blasters playing my guitar part!

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It was a special night and I really enjoyed catching up with everyone, these folks were a big part of my time down in LA in the 90’s. It was especially good to catch up with Bill Bateman who played in an early incarnation of my band The Alphastares which I formed right after my stretch with The Flesh Eaters around 1999/2000.

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ANDALUSIA ROSE

pic by Robin Walker
pic by Robin Walker

We were obviously excited to be the sole support for this show. There’s nothing like playing a show when you have time to set up and adjust things, where you have both back of house and front of house sound techs that know their shit as opposed to the more common 4 band bills in a small box with a dinky PA. It’s important to play those small shows to get good at adapting to different rooms and being able to get on and off stage efficiently, but it really makes a difference when you are at ease about the stuff outside of your control, like how you sound in the room!  It makes such a difference in the performance to have such a solid venue with the best staff, such as they have at Great American Music Hall.

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Photo by Mike Rosati

Here’s video from that night of a song called ‘Calling’.

Here’s a link to some fan footage of us performing ‘House on Fire’ and ‘Kings Men’

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Courtesy of Jaimsie Duliakas


 Flesh Eaters performance (slideshow)

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A bit of video I took from sidestage.


Liebster Award

liebster21Rachel Stolzman has sprinkled some love on my blog by presenting me with the Liebster Award. In turn I will attempt to answer 11 questions as well as furnish 11 random facts about myself.

1. What is your ideal vacation?

My ideal vacation would involve travelling around the country and digging for records at thrift stores while taking in the scenery. For something more relaxing, I would go with my wife to some hot springs or something of that nature.

2. What was your first job?

Newspaper delivery boy.

3. What motivates you to post on your blog?

Music, primarily the need to share it as it was shared with me when I was searching for something outside of the normal commercial realm. I’m also usually documenting something I’m working on whether it be a solo experimental performance or something involving my band, both things that I’m very proud of.

4. Name a book that you recently finished reading.

Ha! I currently have a few books going and I can’t remember the last one I finished. I’ve recently read ‘Brion Gyson: Tuning into the Multi Media Age’ and am currently working on ‘Austin Osman Spare The Occult Life of London’s Legendary Artist’, Sastun by Rosita Arvigo and for trash I’m reading ‘Motley Crue: The Dirt’.

I generally like bios and ‘Letters’ and stuff of an esoteric nature, books on artists lives philosophers, thinkers, pop icons and lesser known underground music artists etc.

5. What is your opinion of reality TV shows?

I don’t watch much tv.

6. How do you feel when a snowstorm hits your area and everything is cancelled for the day?

I’ve lived in California for the past 18 years but I did grow up in Buffalo, NY and My distant memory of everything shutting down during a snowstorm is a fond one, the possibilities…

7. If you could obtain dual citizenship in another country, which county would you chose, and why?

Essentially anywhere with healthcare.

Because they have healthcare

8.What is your pet peeve with WordPress?

Not much to complain about as of yet.

9. Recently, I saw a study claiming that people who read fiction tend to be more empathetic. This study has generated controversy in my household. What is your opinion about this “finding?”

Well, above I mention my favorite genre of literature to be bios, letters and ‘Lives’ etc. and I like to think I’m pretty empatetic. My wife is a huge fiction reader and she is also quite empathetic, so I guess I don’t have much of an opinion either way.

10. Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child?

Briefly.

11. How do you prefer to learn about world news – through the internet? Through the television? Through a newspaper or magazine?

I don’t have a prefered method of obtaining world news and frankly, I avoid it as much as possible as I’m usually too busy trying to ‘go’ somewhere in my art or music and those things rarely have anything to do with worldly affairs. Yes, things get through, of course, but I try my best to stay comfortably distant yet aware of certain world happenings. That being said, I am more sensitive to universal shifts and there are no news channels or periodicals for that!

11 Random facts about myself:

1. I studied Martial Arts from ages 9-12 and competed in and won multiple regional tournaments. I used to get migraines during these events which led me to sort of wander off and not study any more.

2. I don’t like lamb.

3. I stopped wearing headphones back in high school (1988-1992) so I would be more aware of my surroundings and so that my music wouldn’t be so directly influenced by other music. I only recently started wearing headphones again since I’ve been recording more as of late and it’s a good way to audition music in different settings.

4. I’ve never worn earbuds.

5. I own over 5000 vinyl records spanning many genres of music.

6. I don’t have a drivers license.

7. I’ve never driven a car.

8. I lived in Los Angeles for almost 9 years without a car or drivers license.

9. I am not a sports fan, but I do like ice hockey.

10. I wear glasses.

11. I’ve never been in a fight.

I have been enjoying these music focused blogs as of late and would like to nominate Ambient Landscape, Hypnagogue Podcast, and Headphone Commute, for keeping an ear to the ground and curating quality sounds.